The Telegraph
Friday , June 6 , 2014
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Mystery fever toll rises by 7
- Kids die in Muzaffarpur

Seven more deaths of suspected acute encephalitis syndrome have been reported on Thursday in Muzaffarpur, taking the toll to 10 this year.

On May 19, three children died of the disease in Muzaffarpur.

Principal secretary, health, Deepak Kumar said: “While five deaths being reported from Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital (SKMCH), Muzaffarpur, two deaths have been reported from Kejriwal Hospital in the city. Thirty-three more children are undergoing treatment at both the SKMCH and Kejriwal hospitals.”

Deepak said a team from Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Atlanta, US, is on a visit to the state at present. The team has visited both the hospitals taking stock of the situation and has also met the hospitalised children. A team from National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has also come to the state visiting the affected areas, Deepak said, adding that the main problem is that this disease has not yet been diagnosed.

“Our primary concern now is children with suspected acute encephalitis syndrome symptoms are hospitalised in time so that there life could be saved,” Deepak said, adding that additional ambulances are being sent from Patna. A team from Patna led by health secretary would also visit Muzaffarpur on Friday, he said.

On the other hand, SKMCH deputy superintendent P.K. Shahi had said all possible care is being taken in the hospital of the acute encephalitis syndrome patients.

Shahi said no new medicine has been added as the treatment is going on as previous year based on the disease’s symptoms. The Muzaffarpur civil surgeon has attributed the current deaths of children to increase in temperature.

Call it encephalitis, Japanese Encephalitis (JE), acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) or some other mystery disease, the state government is yet to diagnose the disease, which occurs every year in Muzaffarpur and Gaya regions killing scores of children during these months every year.